Considerable advances are occurring in the application of laparoscopic techniques to gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders. Following studies in experimental animals, surgeons with an interest in gastroduodenal disease have now introduced laparoscopic techniques into current surgical practice. Elective intervention for peptic ulcer disease is currently being established, particularly in patients with proven negative Helicobacter pylori (HP) status, or when eradication has proved unsuccessful with various drug regimens. In addition, emergency laparoscopic intervention for perforation is gaining acceptance, with or without a definitive anti‐ulcer procedure. Therapeutic endoscopy for bleeding peptic ulcer may well be followed by anti‐ulcer laparoscopic surgery in selected patients. Laparoscopic techniques have been utilized for the treatment of Mallory Weiss tear, congenital hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, Dieulafoy's lesion, gastric trauma or volvulus and benign gastric tumours. More ergonomic instruments are required before laparoscopic gastric resection becomes more widely acceptable. It is essential that objective evaluation of variations on vagotomy themes be undertaken in prospective clinical trials and that the safety and efficacy of gastric resection procedures be substantiated if this renaissance is to revolutionize gastroduodenal surgical practice.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1994|
- minimal access surgery
- peptic ulcer
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